Le Garage Moderne, Bordeaux

Art and cars, like art and sex, have always had a symbiotic relationship: think Ed Ruscha’s gas stations or Robert Williams’ hyper-inflated hot rod babes. In Bordeaux, Le Garage Moderne takes this to another level. In a quite back lane in the quirky suburb of Bacalan, a huge, grease-stained auto-repair shop housed in an oak-beamed warehouse has become the alternative space of preference for local performance artists, dance groups and emerging artists. 

On weekdays, mohawk-ed and boiler-suited male and female mechanics will work on your car or bike, just like any other garage. But at night and at weekends, nearly anything else can happen – and usually does. Le Garage Moderne is not exactly on the official tourist maps – although the New York Times recently noted it as one of Bordeaux’s ‘must-visit’ locations – but arguably more than anywhere else, it gives life to the offbeat, imaginative and exciting eclecticism that has made this ancient wine-trading city, home of the most expensive red wines on the planet, something to really write home about. 

About the author

Tulsa was born on the northern beaches of Sydney but was raised by nomadic, creative parents in Oklahoma, California and Hiroshima. She now lives in France. A grand-daughter of the late best-selling novelist, Morris West, she has been featured as an actress in the short film, Hide and Seek, directed by Fiona McGee and produced by Ruby Smallbone, and was once the face of Milk & Honey’s Designed By Ruby Rose collection.